Esophageal Cancer

With state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, there is no better place for esophageal cancer care than Virginia Mason. This success requires the kind of expertise and experience found at Virginia Mason.

For decades, the Virginia Mason Esophageal program has been a Center of Excellence for the surveillance and treatment of a precursor of esophageal cancer known as Barrett's esophagus.

At Virginia Mason, patients with esophageal cancer benefit from the team approach of two programs that offer exemplary outcomes in esophageal cancer treatment. These include the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute, and the Digestive Disease Institute’s Esophageal Center of Excellence.

Our esophageal specialists at Virginia Mason include seasoned professionals including surgeons, radiologists and medical oncologists. These physicians work with other highly-skilled health care providers such as nurses, nutritionists and social workers to create a personalized care plan for each cancer patient. Patients receive care from all their specialists at one time and in one setting.

To learn more about esophageal cancer care at Virginia Mason or to make an appointment, please call (206) 223-6193.

Internationally Recognized Esophageal Cancer Care

Virginia Mason has led the way in the surgical treatment of esophageal cancer and studies have shown that its clinical care pathways result in outcomes that can be compared favorably to other institutions throughout the world. We routinely utilize robotics and minimally invasive surgery in treatment of esophageal cancer.

A Variety of Esophageal Cancer Treatment Options

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are all options in the treatment of thoracic/esophageal cancer. Patients are provided with all the information they need to make an informed decision about treatment. A multidisciplinary team of specialists create a plan of care unique to each patient and his or her particular form of cancer. This treatment plan is consistently evaluated and adjusted as needed.

Personal Guidance

A cancer care coordinator is with each patient every step of the way, from diagnosis through recovery. The coordinator is always available to answer questions and assist in coordinating every aspect of a patient's care.

Clinical Trials

Thoracic/esophageal cancer patients may be eligible to participate in national, regional and local studies that help identify the best approaches to treatment. These studies give Virginia Mason patients access to care not yet available to the general public.

Prompt Attention

New patients often see a physician the same day they call, allowing therapy to begin quickly. Cancer care coordinators are readily available to answer questions and expedite care.